Blog

“Wuhan, We Are With You”: Students Create a Musical Ode to Medical Professionals AND MORE Service Learning Examples

March 6, 2020

When students apply their interests, skills and talents to an issue they care about, amazing results occurs. Such is seen in this moving example. Wuhan Song 2

Math educator at Shanghai American School Ginger Habel and I have a lengthy history nurtured through service learning workshops and my Summer Institute. Ginger shared this story of significant impact SAS students are making on a topic they care deeply about – coronavirus. Take time and read this article published in Shine: Beyond a Single Story, a Shanghai Daily publication. Here you will learn about SAS high school students collectively using their musical talents to “create a musical ode to frontline medical professionals” in Wuhan, China and be sure to click on the link to their song. Find the English translation of the song at the end of this blog. See below for another example of musical talents applied to the social good related to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Coronavirus continues to close schools across the globe and for many schools this means online learning. The students at Shanghai American School demonstrate that even while separated, collaboration and impact is possible. Other schools are also engaging in meaningful action. Read the following stories and please send your stories to cathy@cbkassociates.com.

Dulwich College Shanghai – Another wonderful educator Anthony Reich, Dulwich College Shanghai, posted on Facebook: “SoWalk for Wuhan blessed to be able to work with such an AMAZING Global Citizenship team at Dulwich College Shanghai. The student leadership GC Team in Secondary and Primary school have been working hard over the past week to put our Walk for Wuhan event together for next weekend. So please, everyone in the Dulwich community, whether you are in Shanghai or dotted around the globe, whether you are still learning at Dulwich now, or whether you have graduated and relocated elsewhere, please join us and walk next weekend! Help feel connected to our community, do some good exercise, and if you would like to, raise some money for much needed medical supplies for Wuhan hospitals. Let’s see if we can reach our target of 10 million steps! We can do this together. Jai you!” Find out more here. Is this an idea that could fit within your school community?

Xi’an Liangjiatan International School – Daun Yorke, Secondary School Principal posted a link to an article by Service as Action Coordinator (among several positions) Hakim Halim describing how “MYP 1 MYP5 are taking this opportunity to work on their self-initiated service activity projects. Students are promoting an antivirus campaign and they are educating the community on how to identify fake news about the virus outbreak. Students are also getting involved in the Postcards for Wuhan Project.” Read his link for ideas on well-being exercises and the service learning of his students.

Flash back to the devastating Haiti earthquake, January 12, 2010, and students attending the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), aka Hip Hop High, an alternative high school in St. Paul, MN. By February they had created a remarkable video and song, Together: A Song for Haiti - click here to watch.  

English Lyrics ~ Wuhan, We Are With You

Our hearts are with you
From all over the world to the homeland of Hubei
Sending all our care to you.
Hand-in-hand we will not to give up in this difficult time.

All our love is with you
My friends in Wuhan  do not cry
We send all our hugs to you.
You and I, our hearts are connected for as long as the Yangtze River.

We will be brave
Let our courage grow wings
And fly through the window to be at your side.
Wipe away tears and heal wounds.
We will be stronger.
Let love come from all directions
Bringing all the sunshine to you.
Let the cherry blossoms bloom, let the yellow crane return home.

Our love is with you
Hubei friends do not cry
All blessings to you
Let the ice melt and bring Spring back to our land.

We will be brave.
Let our courage grow wings
And fly through the window to be at your side.
Wipe away tears and heal wounds.
We will be stronger.
Let love come from all directions
Bringing all the sunshine to you.
Let the cherry blossom bloom, let the yellow crane return home.

We will be brave.
Let our courage grow wings
And fly through the window to be at your side.
Wipe away tears and heal wounds.
We will be stronger.
Let love come from all directions
Bringing all the sunshine to you.
Let the cherry blossoms bloom, let the yellow crane return home.

———————————————-

I am grateful for this wonderful community of educators enriching our lives and their students through their endless dedication.

Please stay in touch,

Cathy

Cathryn Berger Kaye, CBK Associates

Please send all comments, questions, and ideas to cathy@cbkassociates.com.

Catch Cathryn Berger Kaye’s latest podcast HERE.

PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE!

Recent scheduled Service Learning Workshops and Women in Leadership Conference in South Korea and other work in Asia has been postponed for now. Will post when rescheduled. In the meantime, please contact us for distance webinars, group learning opportunities, and curriculum consulting. 

July 13-16, 2020 – Join us in UPstate NY for the Advisory and Service Learning Summer Institute, at Carey Conference Center outside Albany. Sponsored by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and open to ALL educators. Led by Cathryn Berger Kaye with Chris Neal who brings his expertise in Equity In Action and Diversity. An in-depth experience where we all learn, together!

More dates soon! Contact cathy@cbkassociates.com and check out the Calendar on this website. Follow me on Twitter @ cbkaye and LinkedIn and Facebook at Cathryn Berger Kaye